Producer: Leo Pearlman
BENN V EUBANK
Fulwell 73 are delighted to announce the imminent production of ‘Benn v Eubank’, a feature film telling the incredible story of Britain’s greatest and most controversial fighters. Loved and loathed by the public in equal measures, the film charts Chris Eubank and Nigel Benn’s individual journeys and the hatred of each other that culminated in two bouts that defined not only their respective careers, but British boxing, for a decade.
From the late-80s until the mid-90s Chris Eubank and Nigel Benn bestrode Britain, thrilling and enthralling fight fans and the wider public in equal measure. No one was ambivalent about either of them, everyone was captivated by both of them, and their bloody battles remain among the greatest of all-time, legendary fights that live long in the memory, the kind of rare events that everyone remembers where they were when they took place. When they got into the ring, the world stopped. Benn-Eubank, though, is not just about rivalry but also identity, two mavericks, as similar as they were different, fighting and finding out through their mutual hatred for one another to discover who they really were.
Fulwell 73’s phenomenal track record in bringing the most incredible sports stories to the big screen is unrivalled and makes ‘Benn v Eubank’ a truly mouthwatering proposition. Having made their name with debut feature ‘In The Hands of The Gods’ (Lionsgate), and ‘The Class of 92’ and ‘I Am Bolt’ (both released globally through Universal) , Fulwell 73’s deep-seated passion and understanding of their subjects and ability to tell the most enthralling sporting stories stands them head and shoulders above the competition.
‘Benn v Eubank’ will be directed and co-written by Kieron Hawkes. Since his debut feature ‘Piggy’ - starring Paul Anderson, Martin Compston, Ed Skrein and Neil Maskell - Hawkes’ reputation has continued to grow as he has directed a whole host of groundbreaking and top tier scripted TV drama, including ‘The Mimic’, ‘Ripper Street’ and ‘Fortitude’. He is currently directing JK Rowling’s ‘The Cuckoo’s Calling’. ‘Benn v Eubank’ will be co-written by Daniel Harris. A renowned sportswriter, Harris was shortlisted for best new writer at the 2011 British Sports Book Awards and best columnist at the 2015 SJA Awards. He also ghosted ‘Kevin Pietersen on Cricket’ for Kevin Pietersen, co-directed ‘House Of Flying Arrows’ for Universal Pictures, and has just finished his first novel.
‘Benn v Eubank’ will be produced by Fulwell 73’s Leo Pearlman and financed in conjunction with Julian Bird at Lorton Entertainment. Lorton Entertainment is a UK Financing, Production and Distribution entity founded by Julian Bird and a consortium of private financiers. The company’s films to date include, ‘Supersonic’ (Mat Whitecross), ‘Maradona’ (Asif Kapadia), ‘On The Road’ (Michael Winterbottom) and ‘The Escape’ (Dominic Savage) starring Gemma Arterton & Dominic Cooper.
Leo Pearlman, partner at Fulwell 73 says: “We all remember exactly where we were and how we felt when Nigel Benn and Chris Eubank fought their two epic battles, our aim is to bring back those memories and feelings, to remind people just why they remain two of the most compelling characters in British sports history. In order to do so we've put together a true dream team for this feature project. In Lorton we have financiers who are progressive and aggressive in their thinking and attitude to film finance. In our co writer Daniel Harris we have one of the most original and exciting sports writers in the UK, someone with a visceral and highly visual style. Whilst in our director and co writer Kieron Hawkes we have a unique talent, someone highly sought after and perfectly suited to the telling of this story.”
Kieron Hawkes, director and co-writer says: “Benn and Eubank’s rivalry was palpable and defined an era. I watched the whole thing playout when I was a kid, and to now be involved in bringing it to life through cinema is completely thrilling. This film will be modern British cinema at its best: dangerous, relevant and necessary. I can’t wait to work with Fulwell again, and Lorton to bring this unique story to the screen.”
Daniel Harris, co-writer says: “I grew up in the era of the middleweights, so getting to tell this story is a ridiculous privilege. It’s just the most amazingly rich, cinematic tale, full of compelling, unique characters and driven by eternal themes like rivalry, tragedy, humanity and identity – pretty much all you could need to make something really special.”
Julian Bird, Lorton Entertainment says: “We've been looking for a project to work on with Leo and his team at Fulwell for a long time, and we feel this one is the perfect fit. This story of one of the greatest unsung rivalries in boxing history will be a cinematic event and I'm very excited for Lorton to be involved.”